Portland State Discards Volleyball Ladies 3-0
Friday, September 16, 2005

PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team was unable to pull off a doubleheader sweep on Friday as the Ladies fell to Portland State 3-0 in the Prairie View A&M Tournament after dropping the host school in the morning session. The maroon and white struggled to find its offensive rhythm throughout the entire match losing 30-16, 30-18, and 30-20.


Centenary (5-8) labored through the opening minutes of game one, but put together a small rally on a kill by Shayla Andreas and a service ace by Lindsay Bekelja to bring the score within one at 7-6. However, the momentum wouldn’t last long as Portland State stormed back behind several kills and a pair of blocks to take a commanding advantage at 17-9.  The Lady Vikings kept the Ladies at bay the rest of the way to easily take the opening game.


Portland State (7-3) again ran out to a decisive lead in game two at 13-3 behind seven attack errors by the Centenary offense. The Ladies could not consistently find the opening in the Lady Viks defense and never found the remedy en route to the 30-18 loss.


The Ladies did improve in the final game of the day as Tracee Byrd seemed to crack the Portland State block by finishing several balls down the line. The senior powered down five of her team-high nine kills but could not carry the load as Centenary fell in the end in large part to seven aces by Portland State.


Centenary will next face Texas Southern at 11 a.m. on Saturday before concluding their participation in the tournament against Grambling State in the afternoon.